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Sage Advice For Epileptics: Avoid Games

A new study presented at the American Epilepsy Society's Annual Meeting gives sound, if obvious, advice to people who experience seizures as a result of playing videogames: do not play videogames.
Some epileptics with a condition called "photosensitive epilepsy" can be triggered into seizing as a result of watching flashing lights of a certain frequency, and a number of seizures have been caused by games. For years, game publishers have included a standard warning to epileptics in game instruction booklets and on packaging. The study's author, Shirley Simmons of Children's Hospital of Alabama in Huntsville, offered this practical advice in an interview with Reuters: "Our recommendations were to avoid the game or the initial trigger, or if they're going to be doing similar activities or games, to limit their time. We recommend that they limit their activity to less than 30 minutes at a time, just to avoid the issue of the flashing in combination with fatigue."

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